Alaska Hunting News

Alaska DF&G Monitoring Reported Evidence of Disease Exposure in B.C. Sockeye Salmon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closely monitoring and evaluating a recent report that samples taken from sockeye salmon in British Columbia show exposure to Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAv). The test results, reported by researchers from Simon Fraser University, are based on a very limited sample of sockeye salmon smolts from Rivers Inlet in central B.C. The smolts were not exhibiting any outward signs of infection.

Green Lake Drainage Closed to Mountain Goat Hunting in Alaska

Biologists have set a maximum guideline harvest objective of 4 males and/or 1 female mountain goat allowed for the Green Lake-Vodopad River drainage portion of the Unit 4 registration goat hunt (RG150). High harvests of female goats in this area in previous years has prompted this conservative harvest strategy. As of Monday morning, September 26, 2011, one female goat has been harvested. Because the guideline harvest has been met in this area, an emergency order is being issued to close the mountain goat hunting season at 11:59 pm, Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

Alaska DF&G Hosting BOW Event in August

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), in cooperation with the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska, is hosting the 29th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman in Alaska Workshop, August 5-7 at Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp, Mile 306 Richardson Highway (50 miles south of Fairbanks). The workshop is over half full, so don't wait. Register today! "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" is an international program which focuses on teaching outdoor skills; skills usually associated with hunting and fishing, but useful for many outdoor pursuits.

Alaska Has Surplus Interior Moose Hunts Available

Surplus drawing permits for moose hunting in Interior Alaska will be issued on a first come-first served basis to hunters whose faxed applications are received at the Fairbanks Fish and Game office. The application deadline is June 10 at 5:00 pm Alaska time.

Alaska BOG Meeting Discussed Moose, Tasers and and Deer

The Alaska Board of Game (BOG) met March 26-30 in Anchorage and adopted numerous proposals. Of particular interest to Alaskans are Kenai Peninsula moose hunt restrictions, deer harvest reporting changes, and a statewide restriction on the use of tasers for taking of game.

Alaska Black Bear Hunters Must Provide GPS Coordinates for Sites

During the November 2010 Alaska Board of Game meeting in Ketchikan, a regulation was adopted that requires that all black bear baiting permit holders provide GPS coordinates to the department for each bait site before a permit will be issued.

Porcupine Caribou Herd Shows Growth

Further analysis of aerial photos from the July 2009 Western Arctic Caribou Herd census has resulted in a reduced population estimate. The previous estimate of 401,000 caribou indicated an increase in the herd over the 377,000 animals identified in a 2007 census. The revised estimate of 348,000 caribou points to a continued, modest decline.

Alaska Appalled at USFWS Decision

In a decision that ignores subsistence needs of local Alaskans and directly conflicts with sound wildlife management policies aimed at preserving a rapidly declining caribou herd on Unimak Island, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) dismayed state wildlife managers yesterday by deciding to take no action to help the Unimak Caribou herd.

Alaska Extends Moose Hunt in Unit 18

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game will use its emergency order authority to extend the moose hunting season in Unit 18 in response to communities needs.

Porcupine Caribou Herd Numbers Are Up

An aerial census conducted last July by the State of Alaska, although yet to be completed, confirms in excess of 123,000 animals in the Porcupine caribou herd, significantly higher than the estimate of 90,000-100,000 that biologists have worked with for the past few years, Environment Minister John Edzerza announced..

"This is welcome news for all Yukoners," Edzerza said. "We appreciate the time and effort taken by Alaska to collect this essential information, given that efforts over the past nine years were foiled by bad weather and changed migration patterns.".